Holiday Party.....what to wear??

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Posted 12/10/2012 by Elenort in NSBR Board


PeaNut 521,295
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Posted: 12/10/2012 3:47:52 PM
Yes, I procrastinate. I am not a big fan of company Christmas parties. It's a sit down meal at a country club. This is DH's first year with the company, so I am not sure what to wear. He asked a woman at the office, and she said it was "cocktail attire". Well, that could be a range of dressiness, KWIM?

I have a red dress with a black sweater with jewels at the neckline similar to this:


Or, I can wear that same sweater with black pants and a red silk top underneath.

Which would you go with??


PeaNut 450,148
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Posted: 12/10/2012 3:54:15 PM
I didn't really know what "cocktail attire" was. I looked it up and after reading this:

cocktail fashion

I think I'd go with the red dress. The sweater is nice.


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Posted: 12/10/2012 4:02:03 PM
Either option sounds fine- around here, an older crowd would be more likely to opt for the pants version and a younger crowd would lean toward dresses. Just my experience, I'm sure plenty of peas don't fit that mold but it's what I see most commonly.


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Posted: 12/10/2012 5:04:18 PM
Our office party is everything from black slacks and dressy sweaters to dressy up as in really dressed up. Over the years though it's gotten more casual. I think most ladies, depending on the weather of course, wear slacks or skirts (slacks if snowing) and a dressy top or sweater.. or a dress, a little more dressy than office attire. I always wear something that I can dress down for the office though. OR wear the same thing a few years in a row (NO ONE remembers...and yeah I remember that tread a year ago about how that is a no no..) Our party consists of attorneys and accountants. YAWN.

Worker Bee

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Posted: 12/10/2012 6:41:25 PM
I wore a shirt similar to this for "cocktail chic" attire and black pants:

Sequin Dolman sleeve top


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Posted: 12/10/2012 9:06:47 PM
I think what you have sounds nice! Red's always good.

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Posted: 12/10/2012 9:30:02 PM
I think you should wear the dress.

I am wearing this to my holiday party which is much, much prettier in real life. I'm wearing it with a cropped cashmere cardigan, a gold clutch and heels

BR dress

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